Giving to Astronomy

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Riccardo Giovanelli Graduate Student Support Fund

Graduate students studying astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences have a new source of support, thanks to an endowment established in memory of eminent astronomer Riccardo Giovanelli, who passed away in Dec. 2022 at the age of 76. The Riccardo Giovanelli Graduate Student Support Fund will provide annual support to graduate students in the Department of Astronomy.

“Graduate students are the future of astronomy, and so this very generous gift will enable Cornell to play an even stronger role in ensuring a healthy future for the field,” said Jonathan Lunine, David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and chair of the astronomy department.

Read the full A&S Communications article here.

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Friends of Astronomy

In 1992 the Department officially inaugurated a group called "Friends of Astronomy" composed mostly of Cornell alumni and friends. This has been a very happy experience with significant interaction between the department and our friends in the wider world.

Anyone with an interest in all things astronomical here at Cornell is welcome to join the Friends of Astronomy group.  If interested in finding out more about the group, write to